We are ALL in this together! (Vid of the Day)

 

One mere hour ago, I had the good fortune of discovering Sincerely, K.S.O.’s YouTube channel… to mind meld with her interpretation of the Hollies ballad, He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother.

Confirmed is what I’ve known all along… namely, a composition, such as this classic, possesses limitless power that can transcend cultural differences, abridge vast distances and even shrink down half a century to scant nanoseconds.

Even now, 50 years after I first heard this musical masterpiece, I’m still impressed, immeasurably, by the haunting mouth harp intro, the soul searching lyrical appeal to humankind to be kind to one another… how these sentiments get emphasized by the passionate, pitch perfect harmonizing lead and backing vocals… all accompanied by the slow tempo, soothing, lavish, orchestral arrangement. In other words…

We are ALL in this together!

 

Stay Safe! Stay Home! Stay Healthy!

 

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The rainbow hangin’ over our heads…

Throughout the ages, the rainbow has offered humankind the meteorological and metaphorical message that the storm is over. On a personal note, I’ve experienced this natural wonder, in both senses. Hopefully, you’ve felt that awe, too.

Even now, nearly one third of a century later, I can still vividly relive my walk through the cold, drizzling rain on a late October afternoon back in 1988. You see, by default, my family and I were facing down the unenviable, heartbreaking task of “no coding” my terminally ill, wasting away in an ICU father, who’d left no advanced directives.

A half hour later, as we were exiting the hospital and heading for the parking lot… just as I was letting go in my head and heart… conceding that my father’s fate was now in Our Father’s hands… that’s when the sun suddenly broke free of the clouds. I’ve always considered that rainbow the literal and figurative sign from above, that my father’s storm was now over. He died two days later.

Back in the here and now, against the backdrop of our ongoing global crisis, there’s nary an end to a daylight rainstorm that doesn’t divert my eyes upward, ISO that arching refracted sunlight. So far, that rainbow has been elusive. But I do intend to keep on searching… and I hope you do, too.

Till that happens, Kacey Musgraves’ performance of Rainbow… the song she composed along with Shane L McAnally and Natalie Hemby… will offer up some emotional support for you and me.

Beyond that, there is a special coda to her song / my story. Kacey had been a six weeks old newborn back in 1988, the very same year that rainbow had appeared, right on cue, over that hospital parking lot. Who’d have thought her singing about a rainbow, today, would serve as a bookend to that bygone event. But enough about me.

May her promised Rainbow help us weather the storm… keep our hopes alive for the brighter times ahead.

 

Stay Safe! Stay Home! Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

Catch This Catchy Ellington Tune (Vid of the Day)

Mere moments ago, I opted to play this lively, 80-year-young, Duke Ellington / Bob Russell jazz classic on my piano. Within seconds of keying the final notes, I realized that, with only a minor rewrite of Russell’s lyrics, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore could become a perfect pandemic song.

My next stop was YouTube where I discovered the Avalon Jazz Band’s corona cover, complete with Tatiana Eva-Marie and Mark Buchan’s contemporized lyrics.

Their rendition helped cheer me up. Hopefully it’ll have the same effect on you.

 

Stay Safe! Stay Home! Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stayin’ Alive / Stayin’ Inside (Vid of the Day)

The jury is still out on the full range of coronavirus’ abilities. Just today, we’re learning how some epidemiologists believe people’s sneezed, coughed and exhaled “droplets” can remain airborne and infectious for far longer periods than previously believed. In other words…

Hazardous to human life conditions can exist even when nobody else is in sight.

With effective vaccine(s) and/or therapeutic(s) still months (maybe even years) away from becoming a reality, our best defense is to…

• Wear our masks whenever we’re in public.
• Only leave home when absolutely necessary.
• Keep on social isolating at all other times.

In other words…

• Follow the noteworthy, lyrical advice presented by vocalist / keyboardist Brent McCollough, guitarist Alex Kilroy and bassist Adrian Laird.

Our eternal thanks and kudos to this life saving band for their Stayin’ Alive / Stayin’ Inside parody!

 

Stay Safe… Stay Home… Stay Healthy…

 

 

 

 

 

The Tales of Two Parodists (Vid of the Day)

In VJ/DJ-speak, our Vid of the Day is what’s know as a twin-spin. Two already accomplished vocalists and rising superstar leading ladies… Ms. Laurie Lehner and Ms. Julia Aks… à la actor Ms. Julie Andrews… perform parodies of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious… as seen in the film, Mary Poppins [read more here]

We start out with StupidCallousFragileRacistSexistNotMyPOTUS (Trump Parody) penned by Lehner, followed by SuperBadTransmittableContagiousAwfulVirus (a Poppins Quarantine song) composed by Daniel Matarazzo.

Full disclosure… Some of you may’ve already viewed our second clip on this site, which I posted back on 05/17/20.

Granted, with a veritable universe of videos to choose from, normally, there’d be little need for encores… BUT

• What about our present-day lives is even “normal” anymore?

• Seeing how it’s especially noteworthy that two women would belt out one melody to drive home two Trump / pandemic era inspired, tell-it-like-it-is perspectives, who could ever resist Ms. Aks’ reprise?

And speaking of driving a concept home…

Stay Safe! Stay Home! Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

Sánchez Synopsizes / Segues Trekian Tunes

To quote their YouTube posted sentiments…

“Davor Jelacic & Rebeca ‘Becky’ Sánchez are VioDance, a duo of DJ/producer and a classically trained violinist, also multi-instrumentalist. In Spain, where we reside, we record violin covers in our home studio, and shoot music videos to share them on YouTube.” [Read Related Article]

Thanks to Sánchez and Jelacic one of their cover projects has now become our Vid of the Day.

As for my WordPress posted sentiments…

When the best days of one’s homeland can be best seen within life’s rear view mirror and, in the here and now, the views appear both harrowing and hopeless, beaming up to the Star Trek Universe can clear the short-term path to escapism; may even afford one a more enduring sense of deliverance.

Whether or not I’ve aptly described your own homeland’s situation, Ms. Sánchez’s violin driven symphonic score… which synopsizes / segues seven of Star Trek’s small screen theme songs… will restore or reaffirm one’s hope for a stellar future.

As Spock would add: Live long and prosper!

About all I can add is: Stay Safe… Stay Home… Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Save Humanhood Greater Good (Vid of the Day)

Deva Dalporto has repurposed Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline melody… retitled it Self Quarantine. Together, with her co-star family, they dramatize, choreograph and sing her new, pandemic-related lyrics as a means to showcase their for-the-greater-good / save humanhood message.

On the emotional level… we can identify with isolation’s frustrations.

On the intellectual level… we recognize that, sans a safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine, our one and only surefire protection is to remain in quarantine.

The reckless alternative… to reenter our corona-contaminated world too soon, will require an even lengthier sequestration.

Our acceptance of/adherence to this list of science-based, truths/best practices can and will “flatten the curve”…

[1] Scrub hands often (at least 20 seconds each time), [2] Cover all coughs and sneezes, [3] Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, [4] Observe social distancing protocols (remain at least 2 meters / 6 feet apart [5] Wear protective face masks in public [6] Avoid large crowds / Socially isolate at home [7] Self-quarantine if you’re feeling ill and [8] Understand that even though you may feel fine, you can still be infected and spreading this disease to others!!!

Follow or Flout. Only the childish will choose the latter.

 

Stay Safe! Stay Home! Stay Healthy!